Greens welcome planning approval for Metro North

Metro and Dart Underground are vital to integrated public transport system

The Green Party has welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanála to approve a Railway Order for Metro North. Speaking as news of the approval emerged, Ciarán Cuffe, Minister of State for Sustainable Transport, said: “Today’s decision is an important step forward for Dublin. Metro North can change the shape of Dublin for the better over the next century. 4,000 direct construction jobs will be created as well as 2,000 indirect jobs during the construction period.

The Green Party’s Transport Spokesperson added: “Together with Dart Underground, Metro North will be a vital backbone to an integrated public transport system for Dublin encompassing commuter rail, light rail and bus.

“One of the aims of Smarter Travel, the Government’s transport policy is to reduce the number of car-based work commuting trips. With annual passenger journeys projected at over 30 million, Metro North will play its part in this. A failure to balance the investment in road infrastructure with comparable investment in high quality public transport will see a return to a gridlocked M50 in years to come.

“Metro North, a vital piece of infrastructure; ten years in the planning, will benefit the city of Dublin and its inhabitants for generations to come. It represents integrated transport and land-use planning.

“I am now hopeful that the Government will give final approval to the project so that the works can proceed without delay,” Minister Cuffe said.